The Vee train keeps on rolling

The Penticton Vees continue to look like they picked up right where they left off last year.

After dominating the BCHL for the entire 2011-12 season, the Vees once again appear to be the class of the league this year.

Mike Rebry scored twice for the second straight game and Penticton rode a strong special teams performance to a 4-2 win over the Vernon Vipers Friday.

The win is the Vees fifth in a row and sixth in their last seven games.

Their 8-1-0 mark is the league's best.

Rebry scored on the power-play and short-handed in the win. He also wasn’t the only Vee to score a pair, as Wade Murphy notched his fourth and fifth goals on the season.

Vernon opened the scoring when Adam Tambellini broke in and slid a back-hand past Chad Katunar at 15:20.

Penticton drew even on Rebry's power play marker as he put home a rebound under Austin Smith at 19:17.

Wade Murphy put the Vees ahead in the second period with his first on the night. Murphy grabbed the puck at the Vipers blue-line and worked his way to the top of the right-circle; his shot zipped over the blocker of Smith at 4:23.

After Rebry made it 3-1 on Rebry's second, the Vipers made it a one-goal game when Aaron Hadley shoveled in a loose puck at 11:42. 

However, the Vees restored their two goal lead on a late power-play in the period. Murphy scored his second of the game on a rebound at the side of the Vipers net at 18:20, sealing the win.

The Vees conclude their home stand Saturday night when the Trail Smoke Eaters come to Penticton. Game time 5:00 p.m., at the South Okanagan events Centre.


--with files from Fraser Rodgers

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